Closing walkabout - 'The Portrait Racket' exhibition
Join Lisa Espi and Ruth Sack, curators of The Portrait Racket exhibition for a walkabout on the final day of the exhibition; Sunday, October 4th. The curators will address reasons for the significance of the practice in the context of South Africa, and what lay behind the conventions and visual tropes, which became standard in the genre.
GIPCA will present ‘Picture Perfect: A social history of hand-coloured photographic portraiture in 20th century South Africa’ with curators Ruth Sack and Lisa Espi on Thursday, 1 October. This Great Texts / Big Questions presentation opens The Portrait Racket exhibition, which closes on Sunday, 4 October. The practice of airbrushed photographic portraiture was brought to South Africa from Chicago in the nineteen-thirties.
As part of its Great Texts / Big Questions series, GIPCA presents ‘Negotiating the absurd: migration and citizenship in The Nose’ by Dr Andrew Hennlich. Hennlich will present this lecture as a follow up to the presentation at GIPCA by renowned artist William Kentridge. Kentridge’s direction of ‘The Nose’ used anamorphic sculptures, becoming a companion to the absurd, to examine metaphors of diaspora and citizenship.
GIPCA, in association with UCT’s Centre for Film and Media Studies will present an academic screening of Mama Marikana by documentary filmmaker Aliki Saragas on Wednesday, 20 May at 18:00. This free screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.
GIPCA will present a Great Texts / Big Questions talk by Associate Professor and film director Jyoti Mistry titled ‘Structural possibilities and Narrative forms’. Mistry will reflect on the structural considerations in moving between the linear experiences of film and the considerations of video practices that allow for alternative narrative structures to emerge.
The REMAKING PLACE Symposium culminates with the Kasi-2-Kasi Public Art Festival, presented by Theatre4Change Therapeutic Theatre on Saturday, March 14. Artistic Director Mandisi Sindo aims to introduce young up-and-coming directors, choreographers, musicians, poets and visual artists to audiences attending the REMAKING PLACE Symposium, as well as residents of Gugulethu.
‘Remaking Place’, a symposium on public art will be presented by GIPCA from 8 to 14 March 2015. Public Art is fast becoming a crucial nexus for South African art – it not only encourages innovation and excellence in art, but proffers crucial issues around the relationship of art to community, audience involvement and engagement, access, and bringing key questions around heritage, personal identities and governance into the public realm.
GIPCA presents ‘Run!’ choreographed by Nicola Elliott, winner of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance. With a simmering undercurrent of feminist politics, meticulous performance crafting and bold visual statements, ‘Run!’ subverts the notion of women as (only) soft and fragile and, in both a concrete and abstract way, engages the complex relationship between the female performer and the space and place of the stage.